Center for Creative Writing in the Arts

Mark Smith-Soto
Professor of Romance Languages (Spanish)

Education: I received my B.A. in English ( Highest Honors ) from the University of Maryland (College Park) in 1970, and my M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1975) in comparative literature (Spanish, English) from the University of California at Berkeley.

I have published two books and various articles on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Spanish-American poetry but my teaching has ranged beyond my area of specialization to include World Literature, Western Civilization, and creative writing semi nars at the graduate and undergraduate level. Having been raised bilingually, I am fascinated by the practice and theory of translation, and have for many years served as editor or associate editor of our department's literary magazine, International Poetry Review.

A poet myself, I was honored with a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing.  My poems have appeared in Nimrod, Carolina Quarterly, The Sun, Poetry East, Quarterly West, Americas Review, Callaloo, Chattahoochee Review, Literary Review, Kenyon Review   and various other literary magazines. My poetry chapbook Green Mango Collage , winner of the North Carolina Writers' Network Year 2000 Persephone Competition, was published by Birch Brook Press. Anoth er poetry collection, Shafts , won the North Carolina Writers' Network's 2001 Randall Jarrell-Harperprints Poetry Competition. My first full-length book of poetry, Our Lives Are Rivers , was published by Florida University Press in the summer of 2003.  My latest collection, Any Second Now ,  an “Editor's Choice” selection from Main Street Rag Press, will appear in May, 2006.

As a final note, I would add that my abiding love for the theatre has lately led me into the field of playwriting. Seven of my short one-act plays have been produced locally by the Greensboro Playwrights' Forum. A verse play, Deal With This: Trio From The Holocaust Museum , produced by Theatre Orange of the Arts Center of Carrboro and Chapel Hill as one of ten winners of their 2003 "Ten by Ten in the Triangle" festival competition, was published in the anthology Thirty-five by Ten &nbs p; (Dramatic Publishers, 2005).